Digestive Health

Vishaal Veerula, M.D. -  - Integrative Medicine Physician

Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine

Vishaal Veerula, M.D.

Integrative Medicine Physician & Internist located in Fort Wayne, IN

Your digestive health is a reflection of your overall well-being. Board-certified internist and integrative medicine specialist Vishaal Veerula, MD, and the team at Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine in Fort Wayne, Indiana, take an integrative approach to your digestive health and customize your treatment. The practice offers in-depth gut health testing and therapies to treat your digestive complaints. Call the office or request a consultation online to take charge of your digestive health today.

Digestive Health Q & A

Why is digestive health so important?

Your digestive health offers a picture of your entire well-being. It may reflect issues with stress, immunity, nutrition, and digestion. If you have a chronic digestive illness or symptoms that suggest one, you know that how your gut feels affects you every day.

An integrative medicine approach acknowledges there is a well-established connection between your brain and your gut, as well as the critical role of diet in digestive health. 

Your brain and the enteric nervous system, referred to as the “second brain” in the gut, communicate back and forth, which affects your physical and mental health. Many functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation, have roots in disrupted brain-gut connections. Dr. Veerula offers a unique combination of diagnostics and therapies to promote optimal digestive health and your overall well-being.

How is my digestive health evaluated?

Dr. Veerula works with the well-respected laboratories of Genova Diagnostics and Vibrant America. He orders the appropriate in-depth gut health testing required to identify biomarkers that suggest the cause of any digestive distress, including detecting and diagnosing leaky gut syndrome, a condition where cracks or holes form in your intestinal lining and allow bacteria, toxins, and partially digested food to pass through. 

Each lab system offers a robust complement of clinically relevant tests from which Dr. Veerula chooses according to your case.

These tests may include microbiome testing and treatment. The state of your gut microbiome, which is made up of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, can determine your digestive and overall health. When your microbiome is out of balance (you have too many or too few of the necessary microorganisms), your health may suffer. It can affect your digestion, immune system, weight, and other aspects of your health.

Does digestive health include an evaluation of food sensitivities?

Food sensitivities, allergies, and intolerances have a tremendous impact on the state of your digestive health and overall quality of life. Dr. Veerula provides food allergy and food sensitivity testing through IGE/ IgG/IgA screenings.

These blood tests measure the amount of immunoglobulins, or antibodies, in your blood. If you have an exaggerated presence of certain antibodies, it may indicate that your body has a heightened response to specific foods.

If you're interested in learning more about your digestive health, call Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine, or request an appointment online today.